Dragonfly Dreams & More

Welcome! Sale-A-Bration is the best time of the year with the new 2017 Occasions catalog and the special FREE Sale-A-Bration gift with every $50 purchase products!

I just love the new Dragonfly Dreams Bundle consisting of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies (on page 26 of the new 2017 Occasions catalog). And, as promised, today’s project features supplies used from both notepad projects from my It’s a New Year with New Products post. If you missed the first two notepad projects, visit my post to get all the details.

This project is made using the Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Large Letters Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (available again with the release of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog), along with Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay Cardstock and Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper. The notepad (purchased at Target) measures 4″ x 6″ and the gift box for the pen measures 6″ x 5/8″ x 5/8″ and is tied with 1/8″ Silver Ribbon. I die cut the dragonflies from the Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper. The shimmer makes the notepad cover pop!

StampinUp, CAS, Note Pad with Pen, made with Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper DSP, Stitched Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

The cardstock for the gift box is cut 3″ x 7-7/8″ and scored along the 3″ side at 5/8″, 1-1/4″ 1-7/8″, and 2-1/2″ (last 1/2″ is the piece that gets adhered to inside of box). The 7-7/8″ side get scored at 5/8″, 6-5/8″ and 7-1/4″. Put strong adhesive (like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape) across the bottom 6″ long 1/2″ wide snipped strip on top side in image below. Then put strong tape/adhesive on the four tabs on the Left in the template image below; adhesive goes on top of the snipped/trimmed pieces and on the underside of the one left square. No adhesive on the tabs on right side of image as these tabs just fold/tuck in to complete the opening end of the box. Here is a picture of the cutting template to assist you with snipping, adhesive, and folding.

StampinUp, 3D, Template for Gift Box for PenGem Pen, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Don’t you just love the look of the personalized monogram? Think of all the possibilities in stationery type gifts you can make using the oval, square, and circle layer dies and other dies from the new Occasions catalog or Annual catalog, along with the Large Letters Framelits. Do you have some fun ideas you’re thinking of using to CASE this project? Leave me some feedback in the comment section below and share your ideas with me.

And, the SUPER COOL pens I’ve been collecting and giving as gifts, here’s the scoop! I have been purchasing my pens from PenGems. You can use this referral link to get 10% off your first purchase. Check them out! My gift box fits the clear pen boxes PenGems packages their pens in perfectly! Enjoy!

Finally, if you are planning to spend more than $100 on your Stampin’ Up! order with the launch of our new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, you should consider purchasing all that product via the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit (a.k.a. The Ultimate Bundle) as you will get up to $125 worth of merchandise (PLUS 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice which could add up to $104 more in product value) for only $99 + tax. The shipping is FREE and the business supplies (optional to use) are FREE, too! Plus you’d get to become a part of my fabulous community of stamping Beachcombers. Contact me with any questions you may have and I’ll fill you in on all the details of this special offer!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in these projects include:

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It’s a New Year with New Products

2017 is here and it’s time to celebrate the excitement surrounding the release of the new products in Stampin’ Up!’s new 2017 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration mini which are NOW available. Who loves FREE? I do, for sure! And, Sale-A-Bration offers many new FREE products you and I can earn with every $50 in product we purchase (before shipping/handling and tax), with a few more to choose from towards the end of February.

In fact, an order of $150 earns Stampin’ Rewards and qualifies for 3 FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. During Sale-A-Bration, an order of $250 or more qualifies for an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards plus 5 FREE Sale-A-Bration products. Take a look through the catalog PDFs by clicking on each of the catalog covers below and begin making your Wish List or shop now. And, don’t forget about my Starfish Rewards frequent shopper program. For details, click here.

StampinUp, 2017 Occasions Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings     StampinUp, 2017 Sale-A-Bration Catalog, SAB Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

If your Wish List is lengthy, like mine, you may want to consider purchasing the Ultimate Bundle (for just $99) and joining my stamping Beachcombers team! I’d been a hobby stamper for almost 20 years, when my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator talked to me about joining her team as a hobbyist and purchasing the Ultimate Bundle for just $99. With my love for SU! products, I couldn’t refuse this offer. Ordering $125 in SU! products of my choosing, then selecting 2 additional stamp sets for FREE! And a discount on my future purchases, too, to support my hobby! I was all in! And, YOU, can be too! Just email me and I’ll be happy to fill you in on all the details and answer any questions you may have.

Now, on to the crafty good stuff! There are so many fun and versatile new products in the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. I want to point out a couple of my favorites to get this party started. Then, over the coming weeks, I’ll focus on some other favorite products and show you samples from those products.

I ran across some 4″ x 6″ notepads at Target and thought these would be fun to decorate and give as gifts along with a special new pen.  I also created a matching gift box for the new pen and tied it closed with a piece of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon from the current Annual catalog. For the first notepad and pen set, I used the first of my favorites, the new Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies including the beautiful sentiment. These are sold in a bundle (Dragonfly Dreams Bundle) for added savings (page 26 of Occasions catalog). Take a look!

StampinUp, CAS, Note Pad with Pen, made with Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Here is another version, using supplies from the Annual catalog along with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits that will be available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. These framelits were available for a limited time in 2016 and were wildly popular; I LOVE my set of stitched dies! This layout makes a nice personalized monogrammed style notepad.

StampinUp, CAS, Note Pad with Pen, made with Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper DSP, Stitched Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Below is another picture of each notepad. Are you curious about the new pens I’m gifting? Which notepad design do you like best? Leave me your feedback below. I’d also love for you to subscribe to my blog by clicking on the Follow Me Now button to the right so you don’t miss my post on the pens I purchased and another notepad sample using supplies from each of these two cards. I’ll also include the measurements for the pen box at that time which measures 6″ x 5/8″ x 5/8″. Here is a link to that post, Dragonfly Dreams & More.

From the new Sale-A-Bration mini, my first favorite is the Tasty Truck stamp set.  Check this product out on page 12-13. Combine this stamp set with the new Watercolor Pencils, and let your creativity begin. The Watercolor Pencils can be found on page 24 of the Occasions catalog.

Stampin Up, Sale-A-Bration, SAB, Tasty Truck stamp set samples, Demo Lynn Tague, See cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBelssings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessingsStampin Up, Sale-A-Bration, SAB, Tasty Truck stamp set samples, Demo Lynn Tague, See cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBelssings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

What are your new favorites from the Occasions and Sale-A-Brations catalogs? Leave me your favorites in the comments below. I love reading your feedback and hearing about your favorite SU! products.

Thank you for stopping by today! I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in my Dragonfly Dreams projects include:

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Reflections on Gift Giving

I know the new year has arrived, but everyone can always use gift giving ideas. This past Christmas, we gave gift cards for gifts. Most think this is pretty boring. I find it fun to find new and creative ways to camouflage gift cards. I have attached to boxes of Movie candy, to DVDs, to boxes of chocolates, wrapped in boxes, placed in greeting cards (the more traditional way of giving a gift card), even placed in stockings…well, you get the picture.

This year I gave out several gift cards presented in the combination snack/gift card boxes I created using SU! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. See my Anything But A Card post from November, if you haven’t seen this gift giving idea.

For our family members, I created a matchbook style card with a gift card holder inside (from a beautiful card idea I CASE’d from SU! Demonstrator, Patty Bennett). I then wrapped some Hershey’s Nuggets (the toffee and almond ones) in coordinating DSP paper, then wrapped both items together in a 6″ x 6″ x 1.5″ box using some beautiful glimmering silver wrapping paper I found at our new Container Store. You’ll also notice I created a coordinating tag to include on the outside of each present. Everything about this past year’s gifts coordinated together.

StampinUp, CAS, Gift Card, Treat Holder, made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, Hershey's Nuggets, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

StampinUp, Gift Box, made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Can you believe I cut out and assembled 40 sets of all the materials to make these cards and nugget holders? A co-worker and I led a team-building activity at work and those that could join us (18, I believe) each made a card and the treat holder. Turned out to be a really fun activity and we made the materials available for a few days afterward for those who could not make it, to assemble their goodies. What creative ways have you used to camouflage your gift cards? Share your thoughts by adding a comment below.

Now, I have to share with you yesterday (January 1) was a special day in our house as our Panda celebrated her 2nd Birthday. We originally planned to celebrate by taking her to the Three Dog Bakery near our home for a special treat. However, the bakery was not open yesterday. Not to worry, we made our special trip today and she enjoyed a delicious Mutter Butter Cookie. Here is a picture of Panda on Christmas Day, playing with a new Santa toy she received from her Uncle Scott and Aunt Marcy. She loves this new toy!

Panda, Yorkie-Poo, Santa Toy, Stampin Up demo Lynn Tague, see card and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

2017 is here and with a new year, brings the new Occasions catalog and a new Sale-A-Bration catalog. Both catalogs go live on Wednesday, January 4, and I am so excited to share items from the new mini catalogs with you. Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss my posts. Just enter your email address in the box to the right and click on Follow Me Now.

Here is a sneak peek of the covers of each of these new catalogs! Check back on Wednesday to take a look at the full catalog PDFs. What I love about Sale-A-Bration is all the FREE items you can earn! For every $50 in product you order each time you place an order, you get to choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Sale-A-Bration begins January 4 and ends March 31…don’t miss out!!

StampinUp, 2017 Occasions Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings  StampinUp, 2017 Sale-A-Bration Catalog, SAB Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Blessings,

Lynn

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Favorites from 2016

Where has 2016 gone? I’ve been battling some illnesses the past two months, so the last two months have passed by very quickly and final preparations for Christmas were a mad dash in the Tague household this year as a result. Nonetheless, I thought since my Beyond Beaches & Blessings blog started in June 2016, it would be appropriate to recap some of my favorite projects from 2016 on this eve of the new year.

Let’s start with cards. Below are my three favorite card fronts. Although, a couple others rank right up there with these three when I look at my year of projects in totality. My Swirly Bird Meets Halloween card tops the list (with over 1,600 pins on Pinterest), followed by my Star of Light card from the September 2016 Pals Blog Hop, My Favorite Season. My third selection is new to my blog posts and was created using my favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the SU! Holiday catalog, Candy Cane Lane. Although, I do love my Double Dutch fun fold card, too. Which one of these three card fronts are your favorite? Leave me a comment below, I love reading your feedback.

I have a 12×12 Christmas Scrapbook I created many years ago that contains two to four pages from each Christmas and includes a copy of our annual Christmas letter and card. With Candy Cane Lane DSP being my most favorite paper collection, I just had to create the scrapbook pages for Christmas 2016 from this DSP collection. Of course, next on my “To Do” list is to finish this year’s Christmas pages. Take a look at the scrapbook page layout. Do you have a Christmas or Hanukkah Scrapbook you add to annually?  If not, I am happy to help you get one started.

StampinUp Christmas Scrapbook Page made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, Large Number Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Ask anyone who knows me, I LOVE making table favors and 3D paper-crafted gifts and gift boxes to hold candy or gift cards. In June, I made 120 table favors with a matching Birthday card for my sister’s 50th birthday celebration in Pittsburgh. However, I have chosen for my top two favorite 3D projects in 2016 my snack/gift card combo box from my November 2016 Pals Blog Hop, Anything But a Card blog post, and an explosion box that holds a gift card in the center. Who doesn’t love snack mix and who doesn’t have a need to give a number of gift cards as gifts throughout the Christmas or Hanukkah holiday seasons? I love each of these project equally. Check out my combo gift box with coordinating tiny card. Is it any surprise, I used Candy Cane Lane?

This second 3D item, is actually my favorite from a sentimental perspective. I created it to hold the gift card my team from work purchased for our Team Leader, Tom, for Christmas. This box is called an explosion box because when you remove the lid, the walls of the box fall open revealing a surprise. My apologies, as I grabbed this picture before I placed the gift card in the box. The gift card goes in the short holder just behind the gingerbread man. The sentimental part, I asked all of the members of our team to choose a marker (giving the inside some added color) and write a short personal greeting to Tom. Little did we know at the time we presented our gift to him, Tom will be leaving us on January 5 to move closer to family and begin a new career opportunity in New Jersey. Take a look at our now keepsake explosion box for Tom.  Notice how the top of the lid is decorated in the second photo.  I LOVE using markers to color a stamp so the image can be stamped in multiple colors!

Which 3D item is your favorite of the two? Did you check out the link to my table favors for my sister’s 50th Birthday? If you did, consider this one in sharing your favorite 3D item with me.

What a delight it has been for me to recap some of my favorite projects from 2016 and include a few new projects you haven’t seen yet. Please leave me some feedback and let me know which projects are your favorites from 2016. Happy New Year!

I am looking forward to all the new prospects 2017 will bring our way.  Are you?

Blessings,

Lynn

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All That Sparkles and Shines

PalsBlogHop_2016

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for December 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month our projects showcase products that can add sparkle and/or shine for a finishing touch. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

For this month’s project, my goal was to create a special Christmas card for a friend who loves snowflakes as much as I do. I have to confess, I love going outside during an evening snowfall of giant flakes and catch them on dark colored construction paper under the light, so you can look at them up closely; they are beautiful and very intricate. I had this beauty in mind when creating this card.

StampinUp Christmas Card made with Flurry of Wishes stamp set, Snow Flurry Punch, Silver Foil Sheets, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

The card is as beautiful as I imagined it; just difficult to catch on camera. Did you know you can stamp on Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper? I did just that using Soft Sky ink for the three popped-up snowflakes. They are beautiful and full of sparkles. Using Stampin’ Up! Glimmer paper, along with Foil sheets, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and 1/8” Silver Ribbon is sure to add sparkle and shine to any of your projects. These are all staples in my paper-crafting arsenal for adding sparkle and shine, and I use them often.

Let me know what you think of this card by leaving me a comment. If you don’t already follow my blog, I encourage you to do so by providing your e-mail address in the box to the left then clicking on Follow Me Now button. You’ll be notified by e-mail each time I publish a new post. So, you won’t miss out on my creations for the Pals Blog Hop each month.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  3. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  4. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  5. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  6. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  7. Karen Zaring Browning at StampWithMeKZB.com
  8. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
  9. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  10. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  11. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  12. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  13. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  14. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  15. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  16. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  17. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  20. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  21. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  22. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  23. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  24. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

Blessings,

Lynn Tague

Supplies used to create this month’s All That Sparkles & Shines card:

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Anything But a Card

PalsBlogHop_2016

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for November 2016. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our new 2016 Blog Hop monthly themes.  This month our projects feature items considered 3D, Home Décor or Gift Sets. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

For this month’s project, I decided to create a treat/gift combo box using my favorite suite from the SU! Holiday Catalog – Candy Cane Lane. This original gift box holds homemade snack mix or holiday candy while also providing a special compartment for a gift card. This time of year, I am always looking for a gift for special friends, co-workers, gift exchanges, hair stylists, teachers, and the like. I am sure you find yourself seeking small but special gifts for these important people in your life, too. This little, easy to assemble gift box is just the ticket.

StampinUp Christmas 3D Snack and Gift Card Holder made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Candy Cane Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

I filled a Gusseted Cellophane Bag with homemade Smores Christmas Snack Mix and tied with Real Red 3/4″ Stitched Edge Ribbon. I adhered a Starbucks gift card to the hidden insert and topped this off with Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine. You may not be able to see it clearly in the photo, I used the largest oval from the new Stitched Shape Framelits die set to trim the top of the gift card holder insert.

If you pull up on the bow made with baker’s twine, you’ll reveal the gift card.  You can also write a personal message on the back of the insert.  I chose to stamp a sentiment from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set on the back in Whisper White ink.  You can also see the stitched border on the top edge of the gift card insert.  I adhered the gift card to the Real Red cardstock insert with a small glue dot at the top and bottom. Take a look.

StampinUp Christmas 3D Snack and Gift Card Holder made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Candy Cane Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

You can use any Designer Series Paper pack with coordinating stamp set and embellishments to create this gift box combo for any occasion. Stay tuned to my blog this week for another version of this gift box along with the template and instructions for assembling. I’ll also be sharing the recipe for the Smores Christmas Snack Mix.

Don’t want to miss my future posts? Provide your email address in the space to the left and press the Follow Me Now button. You’ll receive a notification each time I publish a new blog post. I also LOVE reading your feedback so please leave your comments on my project below. What type of special gifts do you have to give this holiday season? Do you plan to use this special snack/gift box combo in your gift giving?

Thank you for visiting today. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope you will join us on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!

Blessings,

Lynn

Blog Hop Line-up:  

    1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
    2. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
    3. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
    4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
    5. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
    6. Jeanie Stark at Just Stampin’
    7. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
    8. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
    9. Becky Volpp at InkblossomwithBecky
    10. Lynn Tague at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com
    11. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
    12. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
    13. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
    14. Karen Zaring Browning at Stamp With Me KZB
    15. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
    16. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
    17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
    18. Rae Harper Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts

Supplies used in my “Anything But a Card” project:

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Swirly Bird Meets Holly Berry Happiness

Where did October go? Did you celebrate Halloween in some fashion? We do not get a large number of Trick or Treaters in our neighborhood, so we joined them on the sidewalks around our neighborhood. We dressed up our K9 family member, Panda, in a Panda costume – adorable! Then we grabbed a bowl full of sweet treats and took to the neighborhood to greet children (and parents) and provide them with a treat from Panda. We had a great time and Panda enjoyed herself, too.  She was quite popular.

Now, about today’s card, the first card I created using our ever popular Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits was a Halloween card. If you haven’t seen this card, click here to read my post. I mentioned in my post this card layout is versatile and can be used for many different occasions. Another of which is Christmas. Take a look.

StampinUp Christmas Card made with Swirly Bird and Holly Berry Happiness stamp sets, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

To create this card, I used the Swirly Bird stamp set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits from the SU! Annual Catalog (available as a bundle saving you 10%) along with the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and Holly Berry Builder Punch from the SU! Holiday Catalog (also available as a bundle). Cardstock and ink colors include Whisper White, Real Red, and 2016-2018 InColor Emerald Envy. You’ll notice I used the Red Glimmer Paper for the berries. The inside and outside sentiments come from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

This card really does go together quickly and easily – I created 32 of these cards earlier this week to use for an upcoming card swap. Below is a peek of the inside of the card. I just love the sentiments from the Holly Berry Happiness stamp set.

StampinUp Christmas Card made with Swirly Bird and Holly Berry Happiness stamp sets, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

I can’t believe November is here and we are turning our thoughts toward Thanksgiving and preparations for the Christmas and New Years holiday season. Have you thought about your Christmas cards yet? Do you have an idea in mind? Or, are you the type who has all your Christmas cards completed and ready to drop in the mail following Thanksgiving? Leave me a comment below and let me know your answers to these questions. Also, let me know what you think about this card and what you might change. I love reading your comments.

SU! has a great November promotion offering the presale of a new die set, from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These framelits are only available now through November 30, 2016.  After that, you’ll have to wait until the new 2017-2018 is released in June. There are also a number of stamp sets that work well with these framelits available for the same time period at 25% off. See all of the stamp sets available at this special limited-time discount, here.  Check out this video for more information on these beautiful framelits.

Thank you for stopping by by blog today. If you’ve not subscribed to my blog, I encourage you to enter your email address in the box to the right and then click on the Follow Me Now button.  You’ll receive an email each time I publish a new blog post.  And, since we can begin sharing sneak peeks of the new 2017 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration beginning at 2 PM Central on Monday, November 7, I encourage you to subscribe so you won’t see out on all the fun new sneak peeks I am preparing to share with you. I am so excited to begin sharing sneak peeks with you in just a few days.  Stay tuned.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in today’s card:

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